Oroville Dam emergency spillway predicted to fail

SAN DIEGO- UPDATE: The California Office of Emergency Services activated all 13 swift water rescue teams in the state and ordered them to respond to Butte County in Northern California. This is a result of the compromised emergency spillway at the Lake Oroville Dam and the evacuations in the area.

San Diego Fire-Rescue’s Swift Water Rescue Team 8 is currently awaiting formal orders from Cal OES and will deploy to the area when directed to do so.

OROVILLE, CA- An evacuation of over 130,000 residents in the low levels of Oroville occurred Sunday, near the site of the Auxiliary Spillway at Oroville Dam.

A hazardous situation has developed with the Oroville Dam emergency spillway. Officials say that operation of the auxiliary spillway has lead to severe erosion that could lead to a failure of the structure.

Authorities are predicting a failure of the auxiliary spillway.

Failure of the spillway structure will result in an uncontrolled release of flood waters from Lake Oroville. As of Sunday night the emergency spillway is not releasing as much water as officials first anticipated. However, serious precautions are being taken.

California’s second-largest reservoir has been in the news lately as extrodinary winter storms have caused water levels to rise forcing officials to open the emergency spillway for the first time in history.

Check in for updates as this story develops.


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